Advice 1: How to choose pots for baking

Pots for baking - tradition in cooking and serve it on the table. Elena molokhovets, in his book "a Gift to young Housewives" wrote that " the Russian oven... necessary utensils for cooking soups... irrigation and simple pots." On that same note, buying clay pots?
How to choose pots for baking
Determine what size pot you need. Depending on the size of the clay pots are divided into odnoportsionnuyu (with a capacity of 0.15-0.75 liters) and mnogoportsionnyh (with a capacity from 1 to 30 liters).
The main sign of quality clay pots is a mechanical and thermal strength. It depends on the roasting. A well-fired pot emits a pure and ringing sound, has the correct form.
Pay attention to the thickness of the walls and bottom. It should be the same in all parts of the pot. If the thickness of the crock uneven heating can cause crack.
Carefully inspect the entire pot. Inside and outside should be free of cracks, scratches, swollen areas, chipping.
Earthenware should have a smooth layer of frosting that can be colored or colorless. The glaze protects the porous ceramic body from the penetration of fats, liquids, gases. It makes the dishes shiny, water resistant, easy to washing.
Buying a pot for making soups, choose the one with the narrow neck. In this case, reducing the surface evaporation of the liquid.
Useful advice
Portioned clay pots can be used for serving dishes on the table.

Bought pots wash with dishwashing detergent and let them soak one hour in cold water.
Put clay pot in a large pot, fill it completely with water. On slow fire bring the water to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and leave the pot in water until cool.

To avoid scratches, do not clean the pot hard, especially metal, sponges.

Put the pot in a cold oven. During cooking, add only hot water or broth. Pulling the pot from the oven, place it on a warm surface or cutting Board.

Advice 2: In what dishes you can cook in the microwave

The popularity of microwave ovens based on the speed of cooking and the dishes a greater amount of nutrients than under conventional thermal processing. But only with the proper choice of utensils.
In what dishes you can cook in the microwave
Utensils for microwave ovens come in three types: ceramic, glass, special plastics. Strictly forbidden to use utensils made of metal. It is advisable not to use plates and pans with a picture, as some paints contain metal particles and can damage the magnetron.


A small saucepan, widening towards the top and is made of heat-resistant glass, the item needed for cooking in a microwave oven. It can be easy to prepare first and second courses. Many Housewives use similar pans for even baking.

The only caveat – it is better to choose a pot with a round shape. In oval and square containers distribution of microwaves is uneven.

Ordinary glasses, with thick glass walls also come in handy in the modern kitchen. They can bake the omelet to cook small cupcakes, reheat the juice. Thin-walled glasses are not suitable for the microwave, they will explode when heated. You also cannot use crystal containing lead and other metals.

Ceramic tableware

Ceramic microwave safe container is the ideal option. All the plates and pans used in cooking should not have any chips or cracks, as in the process of heating the pot can be split. Therefore, it is preferable to buy microwave ovens pots and dishes, covered with glaze. On glaze damage will be visible immediately.

It is not recommended to buy crockery in the local market. As a rule, all of it imported from China, where ceramics and paint almost always add metal. By the way, you can check whether or not the microwave safe container.

In the oven put the water-filled glass jar, with a volume of 200 ml and cover with a sealed lid. Next to the jar put a check object, for example a plate. Include the maximum temperature for 1-2 minutes. If the dish remains cool, it can be used for cooking in a microwave oven. If heated, for microwave this cookware is not suitable.

Tableware, plastic

Polyamide or polypropylene crockery, specially manufactured for furnace, microwave oven, withstands heat up to +140оС. But cooking in such utensils should be cautious. When heating the sugar and fat can heat up above normal and deformed the dishes. In plastic container you can prepare vegetables, bake a cupcake. For roasting chicken or apples with sugar is better to use a glass ovenproof dish.

Knowing how to choose the dishes for the microwave, the owner will ensure the normal operation of the microwave and save money.
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